Things You Learn While Working College Catering

Things You Learn While Working College Catering

A little spending money isn't the only thing.

While I'm going into my third year of Morningside College and working for catering on campus, I reflect on all of the things that I've gained since working there.

It's a workout

When you lift 20 fancy plates at once on the regular, chances are that you're going to gain some muscle strength. Walking several miles worth on the big campus-wide events will build up your stamina. Working in catering is like going to the gym - except you get paid.

You get to know professors/important people

Working in catering means that you are working in the President Reynders 's house - a lot. With Freshman Seminars, going to his house becomes a regular. It'll give you the chance of getting to know him of getting to know him, and his wife, Robin. Seeing professors and staff and even serving them food can be awkward sometimes - especially if they've had a little wine - but they'll more than likely remember you.

You meet and make new friends

At college, generally you make friends with people within your department. Since working at catering, I've made friends of different departments and with people that you haven't had in class. Your world becomes a little bit wider as you meet people from different countries, as well.

Learn about fancy food

One of the best perks of working with food is getting to eat it. With important events comes fancy food, sometimes with appetizers. You will soon know all of the fancy finger foods you have to practice pronouncing before going out to serve. And you'll get to taste test them, too.

Learn how to pack really well

Whether it'd be a cart or a car, you learn how to make the most of the space you have. I honestly believe that I can thank catering for the accomplishment that I got all of my college stuff in only my van. And trust me, I have a lot of stuff.

How to get out stains

When you work with food, you are bound to get it on your shirt. Trying to balance 10 dirty plates at once is a sure sign to get a cocktail sauce stain on your white shirt. Cold water, mud sinks, and stain remover soon becomes your best friend.

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To The Parent Who Chose Addiction

Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.


When I was younger I resented you, I hated every ounce of you, and I used to question why God would give me a parent like you. Not now. Now I see the beauty and the blessings behind having an addict for a parent. If you're reading this, it isn't meant to hurt you, but rather to thank you.

Thank you for choosing your addiction over me.

Throughout my life, you have always chosen the addiction over my programs, my swim meets or even a simple movie night. You joke about it now or act as if I never questioned if you would wake up the next morning from your pill and alcohol-induced sleep, but I thank you for this. I thank you because I gained a relationship with God. The amount of time I spent praying for you strengthened our relationship in ways I could never explain.

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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

The amount of hurt and disappointment our family has gone through has brought us closer together. I have a relationship with Nanny and Pop that would never be as strong as it is today if you had been in the picture from day one. That in itself is a blessing.

Thank you for showing me how to love.

From your absence, I have learned how to love unconditionally. I want you to know that even though you weren't here, I love you most of all. No matter the amount of heartbreak, tears, and pain I've felt, you will always be my greatest love.

Thank you for making me strong.

Thank you for leaving and for showing me how to be independent. From you, I have learned that I do not need anyone else to prove to me that I am worthy of being loved. From you, I have learned that life is always hard, but you shouldn't give into the things that make you feel good for a short while, but should search for the real happiness in life.

Most of all, thank you for showing me how to turn my hurt into motivation.

I have learned that the cycle of addiction is not something that will continue into my life. You have hurt me more than anyone, but through that hurt, I have pushed myself to become the best version of myself.

Thank you for choosing the addiction over me because you've made me stronger, wiser, and loving than I ever could've been before.

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My Strange Obsession: Bibibop Addition

I am obsessed with Bibibop.


I am obsessed with Bibibop.

Sounds strange, right? But it's true.

For those of you who have never had the opportunity to experience Bibibop, Bibibop is an Asian Grill set up similar to Chipotle. You're able to go down the line of food, choosing a base (always go with the purple rice), hot toppings (they all slap), protein (the tofu is to die for), some cold toppings (a great way to try kale for the first time), and a sauce (if you don't get the Yum Yum sauce, you're weird.)

And, let me tell you, the final product is always delicious.

I hadn't been introduced to Bibibop until this past year, but once I tried it for the first time, I never looked back. Now I am constantly craving the taste of the Yum Yum sauce. I usually hit up Bibibop once every two weeks, but if I was rich, I would probably eat it every other day.

Though, admittedly, the prices are pretty good. And they celebrate meatless Mondays with 20% off to anyone who doesn't get meat in their bowl.

Plus, it's pretty healthy. Unlike most restaurants, like Chipotle, where your somewhat healthy meal can instantly become bad for you with the addition of something on the menu, Bibibop's entire menu provides nutritional value and offers gluten-free and vegan options.

Basically, Bibibop is the most underrated and most delicious restaurant in the world, which is why my obsession with it runs so deep. Although I would usually admit that obsessions are unhealthy, I think this one might be okay.

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